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BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada – Hampton University Director of Track & Field Maurice Pierce has been named Head Men's Coach as part of the U.S. Track & Field National Team for the 2014 North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Championships, which will be held Aug. 8-10 in Kamloops, British Columbia.Maurice PiercePierce

Pierce will be joined by North Carolina Central head track coach Michael Lawson.

In his 12th season at Hampton, and his second coaching both programs, Pierce has won four Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) cross country titles (2004, '06, '10, '11), 10 MEAC indoor track & field titles (2003-09, '11-13) and 10 MEAC outdoor championships (2003-04, '06-11, '13-14).

Lawson is entering his 25th year as head coach at NCCU an he is no stranger to the NACAC Under 23 Championships. In 2008, he was the assistant sprint coach for the men's and women's teams in Mexico. In 2010, he led the USA men's team to 37 medals as head coach when the event was held in Miramar, Fla.  This time, Lawson will serve as Event Manager as part of the USATF National Team Staff.  

Pierce, the 2008-09 Southeast Region Women's Head Coach of the Year as named by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), has coached 20 All-Americans and watched his student-athletes bring home five individual NCAA titles – two from Yvette Lewis in the triple jump and three from Francena McCorory in the 400-meter dash.



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